A $2.5m upgrade is on the way for access to Scotland Island.

According to the NSW Government, more than 3,800sq.m of Crown waterway has been reserved to support the upgrade of boating facilities at Scotland Island.

Member for Pittwater and NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the project will improve access to the island for residents and visitors post the current lockdown.

Rob Stokes

Rob Stokes

“Scotland Island is a unique community that’s only accessible by water, which means that quality boat facilities are essential to help residents come and go.

“This $2.5m investment for improving boat berthing facilities is being jointly funded by the NSW Government and Northern Beaches Council and will be welcomed by those who use the waterway for their daily transport requirements,” said Minister Stokes.

The NSW Government has reserved 1,892sq.m of Crown waterway at Bells Wharf and 1,971sq.m of waterway at Carols Wharf to accommodate the upgrade.

The project includes 32 moorings at Bells Wharf and Carols Wharf, boat tie-up facilities, new ferry shelters, a wider ferry boarding area and improved access for commuters, including people with disabilities.

Northern Beaches Council is responsible for the upgrades and CEO Ray Brownlee said it would provide much-needed infrastructure to a community that relies on the wharves.

Ray Brownlee

Ray Brownlee

“This is a great project that will provide safer access to public transport and provide additional facilities for private commuter and recreational boating.

“We began work on the project in December 2020 and hope to have it completed by February 2022, weather permitting,” said Mr Brownlee.

Images: NSW Government, Northern Beaches Council

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